1 March, 2016, USA: In yet another episode of cyber-attack, another company falls victim of it as its employee data leaks out in public. This time it was Snapchat whose employee data has been taken for a toss by the hackers. In a media disclosure, the company said that its confidential data about its current and former employees has been hacked.
Company reported in its blog, “Last Friday, Snapchat’s payroll department was targeted by an isolated email phishing scam in which a scammer impersonated our Chief Executive Officer and asked for employee payroll information. Unfortunately, the phishing email wasn’t recognized for what it was a scam and payroll information about some current and former employees was disclosed externally.”
Snapchat had faced a similar scenario in the past as well when some 200,000 photos of its users were leaked. The incident took place in 2014 when unofficial third party apps were compromised. Company further revealed that user data is intact and it has not been affected at all. Snapchat said it reported the crime to the FBI, while it sorted through the people affected and is offering them all two years of identity theft insurance and monitoring for free.